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Controlled Environment

Closed-circuit setting

The track offers a hazard-free environment where riders can spend quality time with their motorcycles. No cars, cops, kids or intersections. Everyone is going in the same direction, there are no white lines; riders can use the whole road surface. Racetracks are also designed to a specific safety standard. The outside of each turn has ‘run-off’: a vacant area which allows riders to run off the track if necessary.

The track is like a laboratory: it's clean, controlled and supervised. At the track there is only one access point where riders can enter the circuit. Presiding over this gateway to asphalt nirvana is one sturdy-minded Course Controller who is in constant communication with the six flag marshals located around the track. No riders or vehicles of any kind can enter the circuit without the Course Controller’s express knowledge and permission

Rider safety is paramount and participants are monitored from the time they leave pit lane until the time they re-enter some 20 minutes later. As part of this monitored environment riders can be given various flag signals from track marshals. The three (3) flags used are briefly described below:

Yellow flag – Cautionary flag. Either used in a stationary or waved capacity to indicate the rider should exercise caution in the next section of the circuit as there may be something or someone on the track. There is no passing under a yellow flag.

Red flag (a) Waved. Indicates the session has been ended, possibly due to a dangerous situation on track. Leave the circuit at the nearest exit. (b) Rolled up and pointed at you. A rider who receives a pointed red flag must leave the circuit at the nearest exit and return to Course Control at track entry. The marshals have observed a problem with the rider’s gear, bike, or riding behaviour.

Chequered flag – Used at Turn 7 to indicate the session is complete. Leave the circuit at Turn 11.

Please see the Safety Briefing for a full description of flags used at Phillip Island Ride Days.


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Graded Groups

While there are no speed limits as such, Phillip Island Ride Days runs graded groups in an attempt to have riders of a similar ability and/or speed share the track.

There is a maximum of 40 riders per group and grouping guidelines are as follows:

C – Slow Group (white)
First time track riders and/or
Slow-speed track riders and/or
Slow-medium speed road riders

B – Medium Group (yellow)

Riders who have participated in at least one PIRD and are at the faster end of Slow Group and/or
Riders who have participated in several ride days at another track and/or
Riders who have some formal advanced rider training and/or
Medium-fast speed road riders

B1 – Medium-fast Group (green)

Riders who have participated in several PIRD and are at the faster end of Medium Group and/or
Riders who have participated in several ride days at another track and/or
Riders who have a high level of formal advanced rider training

A - Fast Group (red)

Very experienced and fast track riders (PI or other) and/or
Racers

Please note
  1. Riders must book into a group which is appropriate for their riding ability. Booking into a group which is not appropriate for your riding ability risks your personal safety and the safety of others. Individuals found to be in deliberate violation of this rule could be removed from the track;
  2. Group speeds may still vary considerably on any given day – please consult with the Phillip Island Ride Day Manager or registration staff if you feel uncomfortable riding in your selected group and we will endeavour to re-position you.

Additional notes for racers
  1. Although Phillip Island Ride Days are not intended to be a substitute race practice day, racers are welcome;
  2. The same rules and regulations apply to every rider and every rider is expected to behave accordingly;
  3. Those racers seeking clarification regarding these rules and regulations should call our office on 0466 711 359 prior to booking;
  4. Alternatively you can attend a race practice day run by Phillip Island Circuit.